If you are polishing your resume, the old-fashioned chronological resume with the most recent job on top is still the favorite, according to 75 percent of those surveyed by Accountemps, a staffing firm that specializes in temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The company quizzed 150 senior executives at large firms.
"Chronological resumes allow job seekers to present their career progression to employers in a straight-forward, easy-to-follow way," Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of "Job Hunting for Dummies," said in a press-release about the survey. "Functional resumes, which emphasize skill sets rather than jobs held, are popular among professionals in career transition or who have had lengthy gaps in employment, but they are not a favorite of employers. It is often better to address a career challenge directly than to try to write around it."
Address employment gaps in your cover letter. "In this economic environment, hiring managers understand that people could be out of work through no fault of their own," Messmer advises.